Anchoring Our Joy This Weekend in the Triumph of The Cross

Parish festivals have always been occasions of believers letting the world in on their joy. Catholics are famously good at keeping joy a secret, but on a festival weekend we give full expression to our exuberance with a deep realization of the spiritual reasons for our joy: Christ has triumphed on the Cross and we have been redeemed at so precious a cost! How perfect that this year’s festival coincides with our parish feast: the ancient feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross which we celebrate at all of our parish Masses this weekend as a local solemnity. We can set aside a weekend to give thanks and delight in God’s marvelous gifts.

On behalf of Kathleen Gorzycki and Jerry Weller, our co-chairs for SeptemberFest 2019, our Booth Leaders, my brother priests, our dedicated parish staff and countless volunteers, I extend a welcome to all who join us for the weekend festivities. The common joy shared throughout a festival weekend is meant to be an outward-facing expression of our faith and hope in Christ as it is anchored in the conviction that Christ has triumphed over death and given a share in His life. That victory is not for us alone but extended for all who would humble themselves to come beneath the Cross to find redemption. In a sense this weekend we ‘lift up the Cross’ for all to see. This is the real meaning of the presence our parish is called to have in this neighborhood.

If you are visiting, we hope that you will take home this bulletin to learn more about our parish life which is made up of four previously stand-alone parishes of Northeast—Holy Cross, St. Clement, St. Hedwig and St. Anthony of Padua. Each of these parishes used to host their own festivals—each great in their own right! For the last number of years we have joined forces to put on a neighborhood festival at the heart of Northeast Minneapolis. The generous involvement of our parishioners, friends, community partners and many local sponsors makes it possible for us to host our single most significant fundraising and neighborhood outreach event each year. Thank you for coming to share in our joy!

If you are reading this bulletin article during or after Mass at one of our parish campuses, please stop by the festival on Saturday evening or Sunday behind Holy Cross church and across the street from the school—at the corner of 17th Avenue NE and 4th Street. Don’t miss Saturday night which is NE Reunion Night with PopBANG! playing again. On Sunday we are pleased to host breakfast again this year with the perfect pancakes according to the Ideal Diner’s famous recipe. Full details are on page 7 of this bulletin. The Viking game will be shown on the big screen and opportunities to bid on Silent Auction items and win Theme Baskets close at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets for the MEGA Raffle can still be purchased during the Festival until the drawing at 3 pm on Sunday.


May our joy ever increase as we discover more and more what Christ has done for us upon the Cross,

Fr. Howe